First Aid: Insect Stings and Bitesenparents stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn't require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.insect stings, insect bites, stings, sting, stung, bite, bites, bitten, insect stings and bites, bug, bugs, allergic reaction, allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, bug bites, bug stings, insect, insects, bees, bee, wasps, wasp, hornet, hornets, yellow jacket, yellow jackets, stinger, stingers, swelling of the face, swelling of the mouth, chest tightness, wheezing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fainting, difficulty swallowing, difficulty speaking, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, epinephrine, EpiPen06/29/200407/09/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD07/05/201886e1ee2e-fa87-43cc-a5a0-4344a72a3a1c<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="">Insect stings and bites</a> can be irritating. But in most cases, symptoms begin to disappear by the next day and don't need medical care. However, kids who are <a href="">allergic</a> to insect stings or bites might get life-threatening symptoms that need emergency treatment.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <h4>Of a mild reaction:</h4> <ul> <li>red bumps</li> <li>itchiness</li> <li>mild swelling</li> </ul> <h4>Of a <a href="">severe allergic reaction</a>:</h4> <ul> <li>swelling of the face or mouth</li> <li>trouble swallowing or speaking</li> <li>chest tightness, wheezing, or trouble breathing</li> <li>dizziness or fainting</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If there are signs of a severe reaction:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If your child has injectable epinephrine (EpiPen), give it right away, then <strong>call 911.</strong> Tell them your child is having a life-threatening emergency. If someone is with you, have that person <strong>call 911</strong> while you give the epinephrine.</li> <li>If your child is conscious and you don't have epinephrine, give diphenhydramine (Benadryl or a store brand), then <strong>call 911</strong> as above.</li> </ul> <p>If there are no signs of a severe reaction:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>If your child was stung and you can see the insect's stinger, remove it as quickly as possible by scraping the skin horizontally with the edge of a credit card or your fingernail.</li> <li>Wash the area with soap and water.</li> <li>Apply ice wrapped in a towel or cloth or a cool wet cloth to the area to relieve pain and swelling.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if:</h3> <ul> <li>the sting or bite is near or inside the mouth</li> <li>your child has a known severe allergy to a stinging or biting insect</li> <li>injectable epinephrine (EpiPen) was used</li> <li>the site looks infected (has increasing redness, warmth, swelling, pain, or pus several hours or longer after the sting or bite)</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <h4>Teach kids to avoid:</h4> <ul> <li>walking barefoot while on grass</li> <li>playing in areas where insects nest or congregate</li> <li>drinking from soda cans outside (these attract insects)</li> </ul>
A to Z: Insect Bites/Stings, Non-VenomousBites from non-venomous insects are the result of an insect attempting to feed upon a person's blood. Non-venomous means the insect does not inject poisons through its bite.
A to Z: Insect Bites/Stings, VenomousVenomous insects bite or sting people as a way to defend themselves. They inject a poison (venom) into a person through their mouth or stinger which causes a reaction.
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